If you asked a well-to-do foodie from New York or Dubai about Hakkasan they’d rave about the Cantonese cuisine. If you asked the average American Midwesterner they’d probably say gesundheit. (We neither know nor care if that’s spelled right.) But this is Vegas. We do things differently. We like our sneezes seasonal-allergy-related and our high-end restaurants complete with their very own nightclubs. That’s why Hakkasan fits in so well here.
Rising above the restaurant on the first and second floor of the space at MGM Grand, Hakkasan nightclub includes a lavish lounge area, an outdoor garden bar and a massive dance space. The Ling Ling Lounge is a private, Eastern-inspired area on the third floor while the Ling Ling Club is a more modern dance hall next to the lounge. The Pavilion is adjacent to the main nightclub and offers an intimate oriental garden. And the main room is a dance floor experience that feels like you’re standing inside a DJ’s brain at the exact moment they’re trying to figure out where to put the fifteenth drop of the night.
This is the club of Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and many more artists that define the modern EDM genre. DJs in the streets scenes cut their teeth in the dive clubs dreaming of a night at Hakkasan. But the space is so large that only the biggest names will draw the crowds. So Hakkasan continually cultivates the best of the best to perform.
It’s one of the hottest clubs on the Las Vegas Strip because its controlling company, Hakkasan Group, knows how the business of clubs is done. They’ve snatched up competitors. They’re expanding their reach. And they understand what the people want: Big names, busting sounds and a bomb-ass place to bring it. Hakkasan just does it right.
If you’ve got money to spend and the night is yours, buy what you can at Hakkasan. If you can’t throw that much then at least give it a shot one night. There are clubs that are more chill and clubs where you won’t feel as much like a wall accessory, but they aren’t as big or bad as Hakkasan.
There is some chance that Hakkasan has become so big that the hipster subset of ravers are now too cool for it, but don’t let that sway you. That just means there’ll be fewer people saying things like, “This place would be so much better with some deep house or experimental pre-rave-core trance step.”